Master of Science in Health Informatics

Health Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services, delivery, management and planning. Health Informatics is a unique academic model of collaboration involving three colleges— College of Health Professions (COHP), College of Business (COB) and College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (CITE). Health Informatics consists of three major facets or domains: Information Systems, Informatics, and Information Technology.

  • Information Systems curriculum components focus on such issues as information systems analysis, design, implementation, management and leadership.
  • Informatics curriculum components are concerned with the study of structure, function and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing, and human-computer interaction.
  • Information Technology curriculum components focus on computer networks, database and systems administration, security, and programming.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health information managers fall into the larger employment category known as health services and medical managers. Employment for these professionals will be expected to grow by 23% from 2012 to 2022, and the BLS suggests that the median average salary is $92,810. However, the truth is that the salary graduates can expect to earn will generally depend on the job they get with their master of health informatics degree.

Program Requirements

Master’s level students in the Health Informatics program must complete at least 39 hours of 600-level courses form 3 colleges (NOTE — Students with no informatics background may be advised to take additional foundational informatics courses):

College of Health Professions (COHP) Courses  15-19 Hours
HP 605 The Role of EHR and PHR 3
HP 615 Health Quality and Safety 3
HP 650 Health Informatics Practicum 3
HP 620 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Health Care and Informatics 3
HP 630 Research Methods and Data Analytics for Health Informatics 3
HP 685-688 Independent Study 1-4
Lewis College of Business (LCOB) Courses 12 Hours
MIS 678 Management Information Systems 3
HCA 600 The Health Care System 3
HCA 656 Management of Health Care Technology and Information Systems 3
MIS 680 Health Care Communications Technology and Telematics 3
College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (CITE) Courses 12 Hours
IS 623 Database Management 3
EM 660 Project Management 3
IS 665 Health Informatics Application: or elective 3
TM 664 Health Informatics 3
 Health Informatics Practicum

MSHI students will be required to complete the Health Informatics Practicum (HP 650), which includes successfully completing at least 400 hours in an educationally directed Health Informatics intership at one of several Health Informatics job sites which have been approved by the MSHI program director. The students internships consist of job placements within the Health Informatics field at academic, government or healthcare industry levels.